Jack’s guest post continues the story of cars he owned – –
The first car I ever owned was an Austin ‘12/6’ (a big six), which I bought from a fellow apprentice house painter, Alan Mitchell, who was a couple of years older than me.
It was a 1936 model and I was in my late teens, so it must have been around 1959 when I acquired it.
It was a very up-market vehicle when it was made and had all sorts of desirable fitments. The windscreen had a handle to turn so you could open it for fresh air; The interior door caps and dash board were polished walnut; there was a sun blind on the rear window that could be lowered via a cord by the driver; there were folding down tables and foot rests on the back of the front seats also in walnut.
But – –
Although it had a reliable engine that started pretty easily it was getting a bit elderly and various other things were emerging. The tires were pretty worn and in the case of one, the inner tube was even showing. In addition, the muffler was developing a few holes. The UK government introduced mandatory safety inspections in 1960 and I couldn’t see a way to pay for having new tires and a new muffler fitted (even if they were still available for such an old car).
So, along with some friends who played in a jazz band, we had a glorious and musical final trip to a local coastal village where it was parked behind some bushes and we walked to the nearest bus stop.
I still remember it fondly!